Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Set up Mods Folder

The Sims 3, while a very fun game, definitely lacks the amount of objects that gamers got used to on The Sims 2. It has been taken
up by the Sims community to create various custom content that fans can use in their gameplay. This article teaches you how to install
custom content for The Sims 3 on a Windows computer, to add some fun to your gaming experience.

Difficulty: Easy


  1. 1 First, you need to learn the difference between .package, .sim, and .sims3pack. Each of these are different file extensions that
    custom content for The Sims 3 can come in. The easiest one to deal with is .sims3pack. To install this custom content, you simply double click it.
    The process is automated, and you do not have to change any files. .sims3pack files are usually houses or community lots. .package files can be anything
    from items to clothes, and .sim files are, well, Sims.
  2. 2 Create the required folders. You need to navigate to C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\. In this folder, right click and click
    create new folder. Name the new folder Mods. Inside Mods, create a new folder named Packages. This is where any package files will go.
    Go back to The Sims 3 root folder, and make a folder called SavedSims. This is where any .sim files will go.
  3. 3 Next, you need to make a configuration file that will tell The Sims 3 how to run the custom content. You have to put this file in The Sims 3
    root folder, found at C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\. Right click somewhere blank, and click create new text document. Open the text
    document, and copy and paste the following into it:

    Priority 500
    PackedFile Mods/Packages/*.package
    PackedFile Mods/Packages/*/*.package
    PackedFile Mods/Packages/*/*/*.package
    PackedFile Mods/Packages/*/*/*/*.package
    PackedFile Mods/Packages/*/*/*/*/.package

    Save it as Resources.cfg (.cfg is the extension - make sure it is not .txt). You may need to rename it again, because it might save as
    Resources.cfg.txt. Make sure the .txt is not there.
  4. 4 Now all you have to do is download the custom content. I will leave a site in the resources section of this article that has custom content
    for The Sims 3 - it is free. Happy Simming!

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